How to set a PIN so you can use Arlo cameras with your voice
Arlo has some of the best cameras in the smart home market, and being able to secure voice control behind a PIN code is one area where they stand out. Although it may be just as easy to to refuse the feature, like Google’s Nest cameras do, being able to turn the cameras off via voice is handy. And Arlo lets you do it, even if only if you have set a PIN for security.
Conversely, Arlo — like others — isn’t always intuitive when it comes to doing so. For starters, Arlo doesn’t necessarily explain the feature well in the setup instructions. In fact, the company also does not explain well that any changes to the settings are necessary for the feature to work. Additionally, Arlo has placed the option in a way that isn’t necessarily intuitive, in terms of location.
This guide seeks to show how to set a PIN so you can use your voice to control your Arlo cameras. Let’s start.
Here’s how to set a PIN to voice control your Arlo cameras
Now, setting up this process is a bit trickier than in some of our other how-to guides. Mostly, it’s because you need to complete the initial setup of your cameras and then you also need to connect them to a voice assistant. Such as the assistant-powered Google Home ecosystem. But you’ll also need an Arlo subscription, as with many Arlo camera features. Namely, Arlo Secure.
Once these steps are completed, of course, the process is simple. Otherwise necessarily intuitive, given its location in the menus.
Start by opening the Arlo app and, if you’ve set up a connection, sign in. Next, select the three vertical dots menu at the top right of the UI.
From the three vertical dot menu selected above, choose the option labeled “Settings” to open the full settings menu not just for any individual unit, but for all Arlo cameras and devices.
The option we’re looking for isn’t just for a gadget, but to set a PIN code for all Arlo cameras and devices to use with voice commands.
Scroll as needed to the “Account” segment. Although somewhat counter-intuitive, the ability to set a PIN for voice control of Arlo cameras is actually a profile-level setting. As opposed to a home-level device or setting. Select “Profile” from the list of available options.
On the Profile page, you’ll see your name, associated email account, and profile picture, along with a list of options. Select the “Assistant PIN” option. This should be accompanied by a green colored “Set Up” message. The app will take you to a “Set up PIN” page.
Now, as shown on the “Set up PIN” page, only a four-digit PIN can be used. So users who prefer a more complex and harder-to-crack PIN are effectively out of luck. Although some protection is better than none at all.
Additionally, you must speak this PIN aloud to any related smart home ecosystem. And Arlo needs the PIN to use voice commands for security reasons, as mentioned above. For example, to prevent a potentially malicious entity from simply turning off your cameras via voice commands. But, for example, if you ask your Google Assistant-enabled speakers – via a link to the Google Home app – to turn off the cameras, you’ll need to recite the PIN out loud.
This requirement potentially reduces PIN security. And, as such, you shouldn’t use a PIN that you use for other things. For example, you should not use the same PIN code as your bank card.
That said, the next step is to enter a four-digit PIN for later use. Then select the “CONTINUE” button located near the center of the screen. As shown in the pictures below.
The following page, although similar, is not the same. Here you will re-enter the PIN to confirm that this is the one you want to use. The PIN code you enter must be exactly the same as the one used before.
As shown in the final image above, this is also the page you will come back to if you want to remove or change the pin for your Arlo cameras. However, it should be noted that the verbiage of the previous menu, the Profile page, will not be the same.
Arlo has set the option next to “PIN Assistant” to read “Enabled” instead of “Configure”, if the feature is enabled. It’s a slight change. But it’s a feature that might make the feature harder to find for some users. The only time Arlo places a “Configure” label on this option is if the feature is not enabled.